Run For Clean Water
5K and Fun Run
Rescheduled. Now Saturday, November 22nd
Cumberland Mountain State Park
The plans are the same, just the date has changed. Our annual fundraising run features both a 5K timed race at 9:00 a.m. and a 1 mile Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. While it may not longer strike folks fancy to wear their Halloween costumes, feel free to dress up anyway for the Fun Run. Walkers are also welcome to participate in the 5K. All runs start and finish at the Recreation lodge. To register on-line, click the "Join" button to the left and it will take you to the shopping cart where you can select the race or races you want to run. To download a registration form, click here.
Highlights from October
Major Progress on the Little Obed Project!
Our team of workers
was able to move on from removing invasives to actually doing the stream
restoration work in October. Over 100
cedar revetments were installed to both stabilize and rebuild eroding banks. We did spend a few days completing the
removal of invasives from the right bank, which allowed us better access to the
stream for doing the work in the stream.
Beginning on October 23rd, we were joined by Terry and the
large track hoe from J & S Construction.
Staff Member Angela with a Snapping Turtle in Centennial Park.
We’re off to
the permits for the work on the Little Obed came through and we jumped on the
work and made huge progress. The Annual
Meeting went well and we welcomed a new Board member and elected new officers
as well as getting an update on the Cumberland Trail. Our 5K race got snowed out but we’ll be
rescheduling it for late November or early December. Read on for all the details and exciting
opportunities in November!
a couple of days, all the trees that were undercut and leaning into the stream
were removed and then began the reshaping of the top of the banks to provide a
stable slope. This is OWCA’s first
project using heavy equipment and bank shaping, but this stream was so eroded
with five and six foot vertical and undercut banks that our standard practices
just weren’t enough.
also began the construction of a rock structure that will serve to both raise
the level of the bottom of the stream in one section so that a high pressure
gas line will again be buried under the stream, rather than being exposed to
floating debris that might damage it. The water will then flow down a rock
cascade back to the current level of the stream. Thanks to our dedicated
workers so far: Scott Collie, Jennifer Howard, Katie Heying, Katie Kuhna, Dawn
Prystash, and Amanda Bucher, who’ve been out there playing in the stream and
creating stable conditions for the stream to heal and recover. A special thanks to Mark Richie who
volunteered one day removing some of the soil that had landed in the stream bed
as a result of sloping the banks.
Hit the Trails
Festival in FFG goes well
OWCA had a booth at the Fairfield Glade
Trails Festival on October 4. It
followed the first really cold night of the year and while it was sunny there
was a brisk cold wind that wore down the crowd as the day progressed. It had good attendance in the morning and the
OWCA booth was well visited.
Meeting was well attended and people had a great time with the election, our
awards, and a good talk by our speaker Bobby Fulcher, superintendent of the
Cumberland Trail. Denise Aquista was
elected as a new Board member, the new officers for OWCA are Bill Morgan,
President, Mary Lou Matteson, Treasurer, and Robbie Safdie, Secretary. The position of Vice-President was not filled
at this time.
exceptional service were given to outgoing Board members Brad Fox, Bruce
Anderson, and Melissa Brown. Pete
Peterson, Denise and Ray Aquista, and Bill Morgan were recognized as Volunteers
of the Year. Veolia, NA was given the
Corporate Partner Award, and June Zettelmeyer was given the Environmental
Champion Award, recognizing her work both with OWCA and with SOCM.
presentation on the Cumberland Trail provided new information for everyone in
the audience, with an overview first of the history of the trail and how the
idea became a reality and then an update on the current status, including a
number of specific construction area. He
described the limited funds that the state has allocated and how that affects
not only the pace of new construction buy also repairs, such as a bridge that
needs to be replaced.
talk, there was lots of food and fellowship, with incredible treats and
delights provided by OWCA Board members and members. There were also adult beverages, as well as
cider. A special treat was a photo
opportunity with most of OWCA’s past presidents. It was a great occasion.